Prince Edward gives rare comment on 'difficult' rift between Royal Family and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex visits Vauxhall City Farm on October 01, 2020 in London, England
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Prince Edward has shared his thoughts on the “difficult” situation between the Royal Family and his nephew Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Prince Edward has given a rare comment on the alleged “rift” between his nephew and niece-in-law, Prince Harry and Meghan, and the Royal Family. The Earl of Wessex, who is 13th in the royal line of succession, described the situation as “difficult for everyone” during an interview on what would have been his late father Prince Philip’s 100th birthday.

Since Prince Harry and Meghan’s Oprah Winfrey interview aired in March, speculation about tension between the couple and their royal relatives has circulated. This shocking special saw Prince Harry describe Prince William and Prince Charles as “trapped” in the institution.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex travel down The Mall in a horse drawn carriage during Trooping The Colour 2018 on June 9, 2018 in London

Whilst in a recent appearance on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, Harry claimed a "cycle" of "pain and suffering” was “passed on” to him while growing up. 

Now Prince Edward has shared his thoughts on the relationship between the Sussexes and the Royal Family. When asked by CNN's Max Foster about the alleged “family rift”, Edward momentarily hesitated, then went on to reply: “Are you euphemistically referring to Harry and Meghan?”

After it was established that the question was indeed referring to Prince Harry and Meghan, Edward responded, “It’s very sad”.

The Earl of Wessex then shared further insight, empathetically describing the intense scrutiny the couple were under and suggesting this is something many royals can relate to. 

“We've all been there before. We've all had excessive intrusion and attention in our lives,” he explained. “And we've all dealt with it in slightly different ways.” 

Prince Harry and Meghan “stepped back” as senior members of the Royal Family last year and have since confirmed they are not returning as working royals. The couple have now settled in their new LA home and Edward wished them luck as treasured family members. 

rince Harry, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, laugh before watching a fly-past over Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony on June 13, 2009

“And listen, we wish them the very best of luck. It's a really hard decision,” he said. 

“Families are families,” Edward added later, before going on to declare: “It's difficult for everyone, but that's families for you.“ 

Prince Edward's remarks come as Prince Harry and Meghan recently welcomed their first daughter. The couple have named their little girl Lilibet 'Lili' Diana after the Queen and Princess Diana.

Opening up on the arrival of baby Lilibet, the Earl of Wessex told CNN that it was "fantastic news" and expressed his hope that the family will be "very happy".

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